One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the cottages had been smartened up’
spruce up, make smarter, clean up, tidy up, make neater, make tidy, put in order
redecorate, refurbish, brighten up, modernize
informal do up
British informal tart up, posh up
North American informal gussy up
2‘Ellie smartened herself up’
groom oneself, spruce oneself up, freshen oneself up, preen oneself, primp oneself, prink oneself, pretty oneself, beautify oneself
informal titivate oneself, doll oneself up
British informal tart oneself up
archaic plume oneself, trig oneself
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